I can find a reference to finance in almost everything I see. For example, I once did a post about the MTV show, I Used to be Fat. I thought it was pretty similar to someone working their way out of debt.I’m getting pretty excited because The Hobbit is going to be released as a two part series in 2012 and 2013. I remember reading the book in high school and after seeing how well the Lord of the Rings series was made, I am very excited to see both parts of The Hobbit. I started thinking about finance lessons from The Hobbit.
There were three points in the story that could really be a lesson to those looking to save better or get out of debt.
Bilbo Baggins Lives a Quiet Peaceful Life
He probably had a weekly budget and made a point to save 10% of his income. Bilbo Baggins is the kind of person who fears adventure and enjoys knowing what is going to come next. Living a quiet life is a great way to save money. Trust me, when you go out often, i.e. each weekend., you will spend a lot of money. I made a point to eliminate many unnecessary expenses, including multiple weekend outings. If you don’t want to save money from extracurricular activities, take a look at your budget and try to cut out anything that you won’t miss or that you think you could go with out, like the top of the line smartphone minutes package or speeding tickets.
Bilbo Meets Gollum and Finds a Ring
When Bilbo is persuaded by the wizard Gandalf to set out on an adventure he resists being shaken from his peaceful life, but he eventually agrees. Because he made the decision to escape his comfort zone, he was rewarded with a fortuitous find. Bilbo meets Gollum and, subsequently, the ring.
I think this is similar to entrepreneurs stepping out to start a business. Especially the young entrepreneurs that we’ve been profiling. It takes courage to embark on a new venture and if you use your intelligence, like Bilbo when he outsmarted Gollum, you will be rewarded.
Bilbo Slays the Spider
If you watched, or read, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you know that Frodo almost died when he became trapped in a spiders web. Funnily enough, the same thing happened to Bilbo. Bilbo was able to escape using his sword and magic ring.
When you are trying to get out of debt or save for a large purchase like a new house, you need to have the appropriate tools. I like using spreadsheets to plan my budget and automatic transfers to build a nest egg. For you it might be the envelope method of budgeting or some other budgeting tool that helps you reach your goals. Whatever it is, keep the courage of Bilbo to meet your goals!
Reacquaint yourself with this classic before the 2012 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the 2013 release of The Hobbit: There and Back Again!